Episode 61 – Shailvi Wakhlu

Shailvi Wakhlu is a leader in data analytics. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering and has been coding since she was eight years old. Shailvi shares her journey from computer engineering into data analytics and the importance of developing leadership skills.

Episode Notes

Shailvi shares her experience in leadership in technology. She has held a variety of roles from large tech companies to small startups and is very deliberate in developing her skillset in the roles she seeks out. She shares the importance of mentoring and developing leadership skills for managers and how this is a focus of how she helps develop her team.

Shailvi grew up in India where her mom brought home a computer and taught her and her sister to code at a very young age. She also spent part of her education at an all girls catholic school and the benefits of this type of education before attending a co-ed public school. At just seventeen years old she moved to the US to attend college.

Shailvi is also a keynote speaker and we discuss the importance of communication in technical careers and how to go about developing those skillsets.

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio

Acronyms, Definitions, and Fact Check


Full Stack Engineer – highly skilled experts in the world of web, application, and software development. These technical experts are skilled in coding for both the front end and back end, requiring a big-picture visualization of the entire platform. (LinkedIn)

Kho Kho – a traditional Indian sport, that is one of the oldest outdoor sports, dating back to ancient India. It is played by two teams of 12 nominated players out of fifteen, of which nine enter the field who sit on their knees (Chasing Team), and 3 extra (Defending Team) who try to avoid being touched by members of the other opposing team. It is one of the two most popular traditional tag games in the Indian subcontinent, the other being Kabaddi.The sport is widely played across South Asia and has a strong presence in South Africa and England. (wikipedia)

Data Analytics – a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making. (wikipedia)

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Happy Shailvi – Hand-painted ethnic shot glasses & placeholders with traditional mandala designs (https://www.etsy.com/shop/HappyShailvi)

Bhuton – a landlocked country in the Eastern Himalayas. (Wikipedia)

The fires near my sister’s resort are under control and they are no longer under pre-evacuation orders.

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